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Apple sets date for new MacBooks

Apple invitation confirms focus of launch event next week will be new mobile computers.

Apple will be releasing new look laptops on 14 October the company has announced.

Confirming recent speculation, Apple has issued press invites to an event new week with the tagline, "The spotlight turns to notebooks."

Wall Street analysts and gadget blogs have speculated that Apple could cut the prices of its cheapest notebook computer to below $1,000 (591), or it could refresh the line with laptops in aluminium casings. Currently MacBooks are constructed from plastic, while the MacBook Pro line is made of metal.

Rumours suggest these casings will be made from a single aluminium piece, leading them to be dubbed, The Apple Brick'. Despite this, the new machines are expected to be lighter than current models.

Apple shares were up 2.8 per cent at $92.30 (54.57) in midday trading on the Nasdaq.

The stock, along with other technology shares, has been under pressure on concerns that the financial crisis could hurt consumer demand for electronics, especially in the run-up to the crucial end-year holiday season.

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